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(Showers to-day; to-morrow fair and cooler; fresh south winds. Hlijheit temperature yesterday. 78; lowest, 6. Detailed weather report on editorial pan. vsn. IT SHINES FOW ALL PRICE TWO CENTS. VOL. LXXXVIL NO. 22. NEW YORK, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 1919. Coping, 191. by the Sun Printing and PvMfsMnf Miodatlon. H-4- SHOTS FIRED AS STEEL STRIKERS AND STATE POLICE CLASH; TWENTY MEN HELD WITHOUT BAIL IN RIOTS NEAR PITTSBURG; , JUGO-SLA VS ARE WILLING TO YIELD FIUME TO THE ITALIANS PLANS BUSINESS MACHINE TO RUN STATE AFFAIRS Elkus Commission's Report Cuts 183 Departments and Boards to 1G. POVERNOE RESPONSIBLE Economic Deforms Adopted in Xany Other States Basis for Reconstruction. ' Tho Reconstruction Commission, of which Abram L Elkus, former Ambas sador to Turkey, la the head, recom mends a complete reorganization of ths State Government of New York. The proposed plan. In the form of a report to Gov, Smith prepared by the commission's committee on retrench ment, the chairman of (Which Is Al bert E. Marling, president of Horace p. Ely A Co., real estate brokers, will pe presented for consideration at a public hearing In the Aldermanlc Chamber, City Hall. Wednesday morn ing at 10 o'clock. The committee's recommendations pro vide In brief for the consolidation of 111 administrative departments, commis sion, offices, boards and other agencies Into a total of sixteen departments. The principle la adopted that the Governor, M the responsible nead of the Govern ment, shall have the power to choose the department heads. The number of elec tive administrative officers under the pUn Is reduced to two, the Governor and the State Comptroller, who will act as an Independent financial officer. Con firmation of Gubernatorial nomination! tj the State Senate Is retained under the tropoxd new scheme. lie Governor's term of olHce, the focolsslon advises, should be ex haled from two to four years, and a katet system bo inaugurated- vesting II the Governor the lull responsimmy (or presenting to the legislature each her a consolidated budget of all ex penditures which In his opinion must be snaertaKen oy uie biaie. Would Create Bmlneia Machine. The suggestions as laid down In the report would make the Governor tne eal head of a great business enterprise and would hold him accountable to the Jwople for the proper running of the Tuslness machine through the department lieads whom hi selects. The commission points out that the recommendations require constitutional changes in some cases, statutory revi sions in others, nnd In still others only administrative changes. No constitu tional changes could be made effective until January 1, 1922. since amendments approved at the next session of the legislature must also be approved by the Legislature of 1921 and must then H approved by a majority of the voters fit the election In November, 19 J 1. Need for retrenchment is anown vru the fact. the commission Indicates, thatf the general budget appropriation In the fitate for the next fiscal year for all purposes amounted to over (95.000,000. The estimated resources were not sufll rlent to meet this amount. Between 31S.000.000 and J20.000.000 had to be provided by new legislation, not Includ ing provisions for Increasing local re sources, which brought the total re quired up to about $50,000,000. This made the passage of the new Income tax law necessary. "One of the possible benefits of an In come tax," the commission says, "will be the develonment amonir the citizens ft the State generally of a more vltaM Interest In State organisation and ex penditures." ' I'.xnmplp Set ly tther Stntes. The commission declares common Mnsa dictates that New York should first of all Btudy carefully the steps which have been taken elsewhere along lines of retrenchment and economy In administration. In making Its Inquiry the commission found that in nearly very State public attention has been forcibly drawn to the necessity of re ducing expenditures or at least hold ing them to the lowest point possible. It concluded that the movement for economy and efficiency "has passed be yond the stage of protest and dlscus- w n.- "Th budget recommendations," tho report says, "have passed beyond tho theoretical stage, for thirty-eight Btates hv enacted leelslatlon for a consoli dated budget system with varying pro- visions as to methods of preparation legislative review and enactment In law. Half of these States have placed the responsibility for Initiating the budget quareiy upon tho Governor." As for the principle of consolidating na reorganizing boards, the commission ranunues, the State of Illinois, com parable to New York In wealth and population, by an act of 1916 swept i 1 omces and agencies and con solidated the Government Into nine great Departments. Nebraska In 1919 reduced eignty-two denartmpnfn nnrl ncrniit'ifta til tx administrative departments, s!xscon- uiuuonai officers and four constitu tional boards. Idaho by the act of February 19, mj, abolished a long list i oracea, boards and commissions and treated Instead nine departments of Hvtl administration. K(eni States Taking Action. Delaware has under consideration proposals for reorganization of 117 sep. rata boards, departments nnd com, mlsilons Into nine departments under the authority of the Governor. The Taxpayers Association of California 9T.V?e to set up In that State twelve am.nlstratlve departments. The Com jnonwealth of Massachusetts by ronitl KUonal provision In 1917 prepared the c Continued o Eighty Pag. American Marines Land Near Fiume, Milan Hears LONDON, Sept. 21 An Ex chango Telegraph despatch from Milan, dated Friday, quotes the CorrJere delta Sera as saying that a party of American marines has landed at Buocari, five miles cast of Fiume. A Router despatch from Rome says the Trieste correspondent of the Corriere d"Italia announces that Italian torpedo boat de stroyers stopped the, steamship formerly known as the Prince von Hohonloho, which was carrying 600 volunteers to Fiumo for Ga briel d'Annunzio. ANCONA, Italy, Sept. 19 (de layed). During last night a score of volunteers succeeded in eluding the vipilanco of the polico and the navy and sailod toward Fiume on board a motorboat, while other volunteers departed in sailing boats for the same des tination. In the latter party were fifteen officers. BELGIAN-DUTCH BREACH WIDENS Holland Withdraws Ambassa dor Following Similar Ac tion by Brussels. USE OP SCHELDT SOUGHT Netherlands Refuses to Give Up River Bank Allies Consider Situation. London. Sept. 21. An official wire less despatch from Berlin, dated Satur day, Bays that the Belgian Ambassador at The Hague having' been withdrawn the Dutch Ambassador at Brussels also has been recalled. Several times recently there have been reports that dlplomatlo relations between Belgium and Holland were badly strained as a result of the demands of Belgium for a revision of the treaty of 1839 be tween Belgium and Holland under which Holland annexed the southern bank of the Scheldt River and an elongated strip of Duteh Llmburg, lying between Bel glum and Germany. Belgium based her demands upon the necessity of securing a stronger military frontier and freeing the trade of Ant werp, her great port, from the restric tions now placed upon It by Dutch pos session of the lower portion of the Bcheldt, and asked for political control of the southern bank of' the river, and certain guarantees deemed necessary to safeguard Belgium a economic interests n south Llmburg. In return for these concessions, the Belc-laiM suirs-ested that Holland receive compensation In the form 'of certain bJts of German territory lnnaoiiea Dy a Dutch speaking population. CARDINAL MERCIER SURPRISED AT BREAK i Had No Reason to Expect Action So Soon. Special Despatch, to Toa Stut. Kent. 3L Coon learning of the reported break of relations be tween Belgium and Honana uarainai Mercler exhibited only mild surprise, saying: ''I knew there were difficulties but had no reason to suppose a break was Imminent" Bevcral members of the Cardinal's entourage were not only not perturbed but ware apparently not dispieasea m the break had come. Asked whether Belgium anticipated war, neither Cardi nal Mercler nor his secretary would deny Its possibility, "Manr Belgians would welcome it," volunteered M. Francois Dessaln, who acts' as spokesman for the Cardinal, vr noma in !. It h Inferred that Bel rtum would be the aggressor In asy steps that might be taken following the break, since the two. Issues dividing the. oDlnlons of the respective uovern 'ments are perhaps more vital to the future of Belgium than to tne .weiner- lands, though both are at present under Dutch control. These Issues are respectively military and commercial. The first Involvei pos session of that portion of the province of Llmburg extending as far north as the northernmost boundary line oi atv glum. This second Involves the domi nation of the south bank of the Scheldt River west of Antwerp s as an Insur ance airalnst Dutch blockades in tunc of war, or against trade aggression In time of rjeace. "Germany Is recuperating." Cardinal Mercler said when he landed two weeks ago In New York. He repeated it to nlcht "And." put In M. Dessaln, 'should sho bo allowed to reconstruct her strength Belgium may well expect another Invasion unless we Insure our selves by fortifying well the front facing Dutch Llmburg. This we are unable to do because our guns would be trained on neutral (Dutch) territory. "Belgium should have put in a Btronger claim at the Peace Conference tor safety measures on tho east boun dary, but unfortunately Belgium's vote was very weal: at the .sessions." KlnK (irorire IiitIIci Polnenrrs. Pahis. KeDt 21 King George has In vited President Polncare and Mms, Polncar'e to visit himself and Queer! Mary next month. ADRIATIC PLAN, 0. K.'D IN PARIS, SENT TO WILSON Understanding Gives Fiume to Italy, Concessions to Jugo-Slays. HOPE FOR U. S. APPROVAL Diplomats Seo Way Out Tronblesomo Dispute if President- Accepts. of Br LACIIENCE HILLS. Staff Corretpondent of Ta SCK. Copyright, lsl, oil right reserved. Paris, Sept. 21. An agreement' has been reached between the Jugo-Slavs and the Italians which seems to pavo the way for an immediate settlement of the Flume controversy, unless President Wilson Insists upon main taining his position in opposition not withstanding that the two parties to tho dispute are in accord. Tho Jugo-Slavs, It is understood, have agreed that Fiumo virtually shall be annexod to Italy In return for con cessions elsewhere. This understand ing has been reached in tho last two days by representatives here of Italy and Serbia and has the hearty sup port of Great Britain and France; that it was reached Is due largely, it Is believed, to pressure put upon the Jugo-Slavs by France, which has been the special protector of the now nation. It is now up to President Wilson to withdraw his opposition or to 'be isolated In his views, assuming the entire re sponsibility for a situation which. In the view of his former associates In the Council of Four, has become intolerable for Europe, Opinion here virtually ifl unanimous that the President with the eyes of all (Europe now upon 'him can-- not and willinot take that position. If President Wilson consents to this settlement D'Annunzio will be vindicated and his friends will hall it as a personal triumph for him, as unquestionably his sensational raid aided these negotiations powerfully. Here are the moves leading up to the present situation: First At a meeting or the supreme Council last Monday Premier Lloyd George suddenly expressed the view that after all Flume qugnt to be an nexed to Italy, although he bad Joined recently In the presentation to Presi dent Wilson of a plan to make it a free city. Second As a result of this Fore elgn Minister Tlttonl Informed Under Secretary Polk that Italy had made too many concessions. Third Italy at the suggestion of France then opened direct negotia tions with the Jugo-Slavs, the Allies agreeing that If the Jugo-Slavs ap prove her Flume claim the present position of the Allies as arbitrators virtually would be ended. Fourth As a result-of these nego tiations President Wilson has been Informed that the Adriatic question Is settled as between Serbia and Italy and only his formal consent Is needed to Incorporate this settlement In the TTimo'iLrla.n treaty. Thin Is whv the Italian Parliament ad journed suddenly until this week. Pre mier Nlttl expecting to be able to an nounce a settlement, believing that the President will send his approval. By th4 Associated Press. rtnitn. Sent. 17 (delayed). The Anglo-Franco-Italian agreement for the ritnnnsltlon of Flume, according to me Metaagero, places the city under the poverelgnty or Italy ana tno nariwr in control of tn 1 League of Nations. There Is a eeneral desire, however, to reach a unanimous accord so that peace may have the sanction of all the Allied and Associated Powers. D'ANNUNZIO FIRES MEN WITH ORATION Offers to Answer for Them With Life if Necessary. Br Ms Attociattd Fret: Froui, Sept. 18 (delayed). Gabriele d'Annunzio, tn command of the Italian forces oocupylng Flume, Is highly ldtc nant because Gen. Gandollo sent an air plane over Flume, which dropped leaf lets Inviting the soldiers to return to duty not later than to-day to avoid being considered deserters and traitors. D'Annunzio, addressing his officers and soldiers, said: "I will answer for you with my head, my spirit, my whole self. You are ac complishing a work of regeneration. The deserters are those who abandon our Flume, those who repudiate her, 1 V MliiMnlol. 1... !.. thebasest crime against patriotism aver perpetrated on earth. They are no lew vile than the fugitives at Caporetto, who to-day are rewarded by amnetty. ."I repeat, I take upon myself a very accusation, all the blame and the glory therein, and I answer for your Im munity. "The true Italian army is here, formed by you combatants without fear and without reproach. To have participated In this most audacious enterprise will be the purest tltlo to glory. All your names will bo Included by history, carved there as In heroic marble, and rewarded by tho gratitude of the people "Meanwhile, on September 20, the an niversary of the tnklng of Rome,' I will distribute to you all a commemorative bronze medal. Bo faithful to Flume, be true to jtaly: nobody can move us from here. Continued onSltH Pops. Allies Soon to Demand Kaiser, Holland Hears PARIS, Sept. 21, The Dutch Minister in Paris has been ad vised. according1 to tho Libre Belgique of Brussels, that Hol land within two weeks will re ceive a demand for tho extradi tion of former Emperor William in behalf of the Allies. LINCOLN, SPY, SEES KAISER Asserts in Departure That Ho Regrets Ho Has Noth ing to Say. BIG EVENTS EXPECTED Dutch Town Gets Impression That Restoration of Mon archy Is Contemplated. By the Associated Prut. Amsterdam, 6ept 21. The ex-Ger man Emperor has refused to break his long silence so far as the public Is con cerned, even at the behest of the monarchist leaders of Germany. Ignatius T. Lincoln, tho German agent, who was at one tlmo a member of the British Parliament and was interned during the greatest part of the war, returned hastily to Berlin to day with his guest, "Herr Anderson," after a conference at Bcntlnck Castle this morning. It was believed that Lincoln came to Aroerongeti to obtain direct word from the former Emperor which he could' de liver to the Hohenzollern supporters. But If he did the nature of it is not dis closed. Last night Lincoln informed the Associated Press that he expected to have a startling statement to make Sun day.-- But Just before hastening by auto mobile to Utrecht, immediately after the conference, ho said he had not been au thorized to talk, and gave the Associated Press the following written statement: ''I am sorry that I am unable to make a statement to you before my departure from Amerongen. The fact Is there Is nothing to say. I came here In a pri vate capacity and return to Berlin in a private capacity. If I may make a suggestion, were i In your place I would not telegraph any thing that could put official construction on my sojourn tn Amerongen, as such statements would most likely bo refuted by the persons with whom I have had a few pleasant chats of a purely personal and private nature." Monarchists Impatient. Lincoln apparently based high hopes on the conference to-day. It Is known at Amerongen that while the monarchists In Germany do not consider the time ripe for any revival of the Hohensollern claims, they have been somewnai ms turbed by the reports that the former royal family seems content to settle j down In Holland, ud have recently bom- j barded both the former Emperor and former Crown Prince with Information purporting to show that the greater part of the population of Germany will sooner or later urge a limited constitutional monarchy, with a Hohensollern king. On his arrival at Amerongen from Berlin by way of The Hague, where they were In conference with prominent Germans, Lincoln and Anderson were met by Gen. Pommers, who, succeeded Gen. von Essdorff as the former Kaiser's chief aid, and to-day there was a con ference at Bentlnck castle, during which it Is reported Lincoln saw the former Qerraan ruler. Slnoe his deportation from England and his arrival In Berlin Lincoln has Identified himself with the German fac tion favoring the return of the Hohen zollern, When addressed as Llnooln at the hotel near Bentlnok castle he appeared surprised. "How did you learn my Identity 7' he asked. The visitor did not deny his Identity. The general impression around Amer ongen is that something Important po litically la brewlna- in Germany and i that Lincoln is here to inform and as sist the former Emperor concerning the latest developmets. It Is understood that Lincoln may return to Berlin im mediately or remain at Amerongen for some time, his action depending upon the result of the conference at the castle to-morrow. While refusing to talk about his visit to William Hohenzollern, Lincoln ex pressed the opinion that the bitter feel ing against Great Britain would not end for a long time. "I told the British authorities that in my writings I would devote my life's work against England," said Llnooln, "I am already beginning." Regarding the United States Lincoln said the feeling in Germany was differ ent and that he knew positively that ef- ' frt" .lokln toword Eood relationship were under" way, ICaUer Keeps Informed. William Hohenzollern, however, while keeping in close touch with affairs, ac parently has decided to preserve silence both for the sake of himself and his eldest son. Recently one of the Berlin monarchist newspapers sent a special envoy to Amerongen, backed with pleas from some ot the former Emperor's most trusted aids urging him to make a statement. But this envoy, too, w'o spent considerable time at the castle, had to return to Berlin unauthorized to speak. One of the many German monarchists, who has recently been In Holland, ex plained the situation to the corre spondent. 'In Garmany," he said, "the, present WEST REGARDS WILSON TODR AS THIRD TERM BID People Convinced That He Seeks Leadership of New Third Party. HIS LEAGUE APPEAL FAILS Impression Grow&j That Ho and Hiram Johnson "Will Bo Opposing Candidates. Bp a Staff Correaponaent of Tnz Sc. Los Angeles, Sept. 21. President Wilson turned for home to-night after almost three weeks of Ingenious ap peal for his private and particular cause. He is much too shrewd an ob server not to comprehend tho futility of the effort. That he does compre hend this is obvious. The method and material of his addresses reflect the attitude of a proud man galled by un familiar defeat. He came into the West expecting that the people would rise to him with a vast shout. Ho believed that tho voice ot the people would sllenco the slightest antagonism to Americanizing tho League of Nations covenant. He assumed that he could arouse the people to a demand for Immediate and unqualified ratification ot the peace treaty. He was mistaken. Tho peo ple did not rise, did not shout, did not demand. They did not get worked up at all. That is to Bay, they didn't get excited about the League of Nations. What they want, as has been made most definitely clear to Mr. Wilson,, Is an end to all the powwowing and altercaUqn; an end to war talk and war thoughts; a return to the calm con sideration of the things that press upon every man's dally life. What they want, as President Wilson has had opportunity to Judge In a dozen, States, Is a chance for business to get going full BWeep. They aro insistent that the peace treaty be ratified at once, but they are not ordering the Senate to Jam it through blindly. niirirest Defeat of Career, They have let Mr. Wilson thoroughly understand necessary reservations should be Incorporated Into the treaty at once and that the whole Job should be fin ished and done with by the end of this month. If Mr. Wilson's real purpose in undertaking the Western excursion was to stir the people to demand of the Sen ate the kind of world agreement be bar gained for at Paris, then he has suffered the biggest defeat of his career. The people have not been Impressed. No back fires have been started. Not a Senate vote will be changed, people say, by this tour, costing the Government something like ,100,000. But If Mr. Wilson's motive could be explained otherwise time alone will tell whether he Is gainer or loser by the month's ex perience. Has the tour to the Paclfio coast been. In part at least, a preliminary survey of the road which leads to a third term race In 120T Does Mr. Wilson Intend to run agalnt This question is upon the Hps of every man one meets In this part of the country. And the answer they give to themselves is. Yes. They are absolutely convinced that the man whose pride It has been to smash prece dents and traditions set up by such old fashioned and out of date men as Wash ington, Monroe and Lincoln Intends to have a try at smashing the most cele brated tradition of American politics, that no man should have three terms of the Presidency. A Unit for Every Flan. This opinion, which Is sweeping through the West. Is founded solidly upon iMr. Wilson's recent oourses upon the things he has been saying and the methods he has employed. The West notes that Mr. Wilson Is all things to ail men. He has a bait for every flsn. The only kind and class of men from whom he withholds a decent word Is men of capital, employers of labor. These in Mr. Wilson's eyes are the low est of God's creatures. They are so low, .Indeed, as to be comparablo only with United States Senators. For all other classes and divisions he has pralss and sweet words. The Bolshevists of America are not scored by him. He says nothing to dis courage and much to encourage radi calism. He tells agitators that he will never lift a finger to stop agitation. He promises organized labor that It Is going to get the lion's share of the good things of the world If ha has his way. He coaxes business by guarantee ing wonderful trade In the new world he assumes to set up. He angles and dangles for doctor, lawyer, merchant, chief, and confesses with a fine simula tion of Ingenuousness that he has "a good msny friends I know to be crooks." Every kind and class ot men that produces votes In considerable quantities has praise and flattery from Mr. Wil son. The one class that has compara tively few votes receives his contempt una scorn, toe employers capital. What's he doing all this for? the West asks. He Is much too clever a man to vaste'so many words upon a cause whose determination was fixed weeks before he left Washington, for he was told by Senator Hitchcock (Neb.) before he left Washington that unqualified ratification of treaty and covenant was an Impos sibility. What's It all about? The West answers Its own question by saying that Continued o Fourth, Pag. Pittsburg Merchants Take Out $100,000,000 Insurance Against "Riot and Commotion" Special Despatch to Tits So. piTTSBURG, Sept. 21. Merchants and others in this city and dis trict have taken out "riot and commotion" policies for more than $100,000,000 in the last ten days, Tho .lowest policy is for $60,000 and the highest for $1,000,000. Most of the business men in this city began to fear, only within tho last week or so that, the steel strike might assume serious proportions, while in tho insurance and business policies they carried wore no clauses protecting them for damages fol lowing "riot nnd commotion." Inquiry was immediately begun to have the defect remedied, but it was ascertained that none of the big local companies encouraged such insurance. Negotiations were opened immediately with brokera in William street, New York, nnd with others in Philadelphia nnd Chicago, with the result that insurance commissioners have picked up sufficient in foes to pay all expenses incurred for their summer vaca tions, while many have banked snug sums for their outings next year. In nddition to this city such towns as McKeesport, Monessen, Donora, Charleroi, Monongahela City, Sharon, Youngstown, Ohio, and Wheeling, W. Va., are now partly protected by riot insurance. BOSTON UNIONS OPPOSE STRIKE Central Lahor Union Decides Present Time Is Not Opportune. HINTS AT ACTION LATEli Assistance for Policemen Is Voted by a Weekly As sessment. Boston, Sept. 21. The Boston Cen tral Labor Union at a meeting to-day for the purpose of determining its attt tudo toward tho police strike in this city decided against calling a general strike at this time. The report of President Michael J. ODonnell. on- behalf of the com mittee of 17, which has been in charge of the situation for the Contral Labor Union, "that the time is not now op portune for the ordering of a general strike," was unanimously accepted.. No roll call of unions for reports on their individual strike votes was held. "The members of the committee," President O'Donnell eald, "find It advis able not to announce the organizations that have voted to participate In a gen eral strike movement. We also wish to give a large number of other big unions, which will meet within a few days, a chance to record themselves In favor of this action. "We will go along slowly, coolly, calmly and collected . and when the time oomes for organized labor to make a protest the public will) know that nobody will be to blame but tho authorities who refuse to make a move to avert It. "If we announced the results of our tabulations of the eulke vote to-day everybody outside of organized labor would be surprised at the number of men and women who have pledged themselves as being ready to make the fight for the 1,400 policemen of this city. "Your committee recommends that a progressive report be received and re quests that all the financial aid possible be voted for the striking policemen." It was unanimously voted to place a weekly assessment on the members of all the unions for the benefit ot the police. U. S. PEACE MISSION GETS NEW $730,000 BILL Answers Hotel Crillon With Charge for Advertising. Special Cble Deepatch to Tna Son and the Public Ledatr. Copyright. 1SU, all right reserved. London. Sept. 31. The Weeklv Dis patch reports that now that the Ameri can Peace Delegation Is winding up Its activities in Paris lt'has been confronted with a bill by the proprietor of the Hotel Crillon, the American peace headquar ters. In whlcn over and above the rental agreed upon when the hotel was requisi tioned for the housing of the American plenipotentiaries and their staff, the fol lowing charges occur: To loss ot clientele, (500,000. To demoralization of the staff by hav ing accustomed them to receive wages above the ordinary standards, J250.000. To these demands the members of the American peace delegation have not re plied directly, but they, In their turn, have sent in a bill to the proprietor of the Hotel Crillon, the main Items of which are l To advertisement of the hotel by mak ing It American headquarters, (500,000. To Improvement of the staff by teach ing 'them American methods of work, $250,000. So far the hotel proprietor has not found a reply to this counter from the Americans. BERNST0RFF WHITES A BOOK. Expected to Hare Nearattatlons "With President. Specitl CabU Deepatch to Tits Bar from th London Timet Service. Copyright, 191?, all right reserved. BmsMN, Sept 21. Count von Hern irtorff Is mid to be writing his memoirs. They are expected to afford the first full information conoernlng the negotia tions with President Wilson preparing the way for peace Intervention. Liberty Bond 130, flOO. tMO. $1,000 I otn ne Dougm ana soia lneianur tua diuir o w i jjromuwpr, ye.uvt FEEL HELPLESS IN STEEL CRISIS Washington Officials Watch Strike Situation With Serious Concern. DOUBT ABOUT GOMPERS Federation's Head Prompted Wilson's Unsuccessful Plea for Labor Armistice. Special DetpatcA to Ths Sex. Washington, Sept. 21. With the na tion on the eve of what promises to be the greatest steel strike in history official Washington is in a helpless attitude and Is watching the situation' with serious concern. Bo far as can be 'learned, with the President, who undertook to obtain adjustment or delay, on the Paclflc coast, there Is no hope of any com promise at this late hour. The De partment of Labor Is still offering Its good offices. Hugh L. Kerwin, hcadetne stnto troopers rode through the of the division of mediation, has a I standing offer of mediation with tho companies and the men involved. The Department Is not letting those at Interest forget that Its good offices are available, but no one apparently wants them. It seems plain that all hope of peaceable settlement vanished when Gary finally told Bernard M. Haruch, who was acting for the President, that he could not and would not meet rep-" resentatlves of the unions. Officials were silent to-night on the probable extent of the strike or its ef fect. There is no disguising the fact, however, that It is expected to deal a serious blow to the Administration plans to stop further Industrial strife and wage demands until the Industrial con ference called by the President had had opportunity to act. The labor leaders who are In Imme diate charge of the situation are In Pittsburg. There was no statement forthcoming to-day from Samuel Com pers or any other officer of the Ameri can Federation of Labor. Just what action the federation will take remains to be seen. The men are counting on the fullest cooperation from the federation. They have laid every move before Mr. Oompers, its president, and It was the latter who prompted President Wilson's efforfs at Intervention. Many officials In Washington are deeply concerned and are watching every move made. There has been much frank discussion here of the possibilities of disorder and Us effect In the present sit uation of unrest with radicals every where ready to start something. It was this situation that led to the warning from Attorney-Oeneral Talmer yesterday that the Government was able and fully willing to protect Itself and American Institutions In every emer gency. State officials, however, will be looked to largely to see that peace and order ore preserved. O'RYAN ORDERS GUARD RECRUITING Impression Out That Labor Troubles Are Anticipated. An order Issued by Major-Gen. O'Ryan directing the Twelfth Ileglment, New York Guard, to recruit to full strength of 1,200 men was considered significant in guard circles yesterday. The order was issued Saturday, pro viding for opening a recruiting cam paign to-day to run two weeks. The present strength of the unit, which is commanded by Col. Nelson D. Burr, is 800 men. So far as could be learned similar orders were not submitted to other guard oommands In the city. While none of the officers of the regi ment would comment on the order, the Impression was given that preparations are being taken to prevent possible labor disorders. At the time of the mobiliza tion for the movement to the Mexican border the Twelfth Ileglment was the first to receive orders to recruit. The armory Is at Columbus avenue and Sixty-second street There recruits be tween the ages of 18 and 45 years will be accepted for enlistments of two .years. I'ri'licli Diplomat Transferred. Paris, Sept 21. Count Castltlon de fit, Victor, secretary of the French Em bassy In IUo de Janeiro, has been trans ferred to Chrlstlania. He will be re placed by It. Thierry, secretary of le gation at Lisbon i Cots and Provisions Hushed to Mills Where Battles ,4 Aro Probable. EACH CLAIMS A VICTORY Tin Plate Manufacturer Locks Out 3,800 Men and ' Closes His Works. BRICK PLANTS MAY SHUT Twenty to 40 Per Cent, of Workers Likely to Go Out This Morning:. Dy a htaff Oorretpondent of Tax Sox, l'lTTsnrjBO, Sept. 21 No ono here' knows to-night how far the steel (strike, called now for 7 o'clock to morrow morning, will go. Publicly, both sides ore making extravagant' clnlms. Privately, each admits cer tain strength In the other side. Both declare that they will give or take no' quarter. Thero Is a possibility that the mills nnd blast furnaces will open on rt duced schedule with the men who re main loyal. The leaders of tho strik crs predict a complete shutdown nnd point to credible figures In their pos session to sustain their claim. Already the first skirmishes have been fought ' In McKeesport and In Clalrton strikers' meetings were broken up by State police, shots were fired and nrrests were made. Gener ally and with apparent sincerity the strike loaders are counselling caution nnd avoidance of trouble. Theyare advising their men to "go fishing." At Itankln and Brnddock huge meetings of strikers were held with the approval of tho local authorltlcs. Wllllam Z. Foster, moving spirit of the strike In this ptvotal district, and other leaders addressed the men and perfect ordar was maintained. Troopers Hide Into Crowds. At Clurrton and McKeesport, where ntteinpts wcro made to hold meetings in defiance of tho local authorities. crowd ns Stnte troopers only can ride nnd the meetings ended In o sheep scramble for cover. The first shots were fired at Clalrton Into the air and twenty union agitators are In jail without ball. To-night the first lockout by an op erator occurred. P. It. Crawford, president of the McKeesport Tin Plate Company, told a gathering of citizens at Port Vue that his mill, employing .1,800 men, would close. It was the tleup of the hot mill by a strlko of several hundred men that the strikers hailed as their first victory ou last Friday. I. R. Itellly, organizer or tho Ameri can Federation of Labor In the Home stead district, predicted last nlgbt that 7 o'clock in the morning would see strikes In the works of the Harbt-son-Wlker Itefrnctorles Company, th largo makers of fire brick; In tho Key stone Car Wheel Company und In th Mcsta Machine Company. If this Is true It marks the porten tous extension of the strike outside ot tho ranks of the steel Industry Itself. Rellly predicted also that 05 per cent, of the employees of the Carnegie Steel Company would strike. Tense Air About riMsbnra. Tho air of tensity outside the city f Pittsburg Itself cannot he exagger ated. Every man, woman nnd child, of course, Is affected by tho strike. But almost every able bodied man, In addition to his gcnoral Interest In the situation, went to bed to-night to wako up to-morrow morning either a striker or a special deputy. Except at the points mentioned tho valleys of the Allegheny and Monon gahela rivers were ns quiet as usual on Sunday. Tho great chimneys whence the How of smoke and flame never ceases In normal times contin ued to belch. Women and children la their Sunday frocks sat on tho steps of tho workmen's cottages. Tha streets for tho most part wore de serted. Pittsburg itself presents n curious anomaly. Tho Pittsburg papers, as a matter of reasonable safety, have consistently played down tho story. Not a single paper has bo far printed It on the front page. To the usual run of Pittsburgera the strlko will come as a big surprise to-morrow. But tho men In tho offlecs of the steel companies and of the strike headquarters aro suffering from no such delusion. Most of them took sleeping equipment to their offices to night, with tlin expectation of staying there Indefinitely. Both sides recognize In this strike not only one of tho most far reaching Industrial struggles of modorn times, so far as tho numbers of persons and the size of tho Interests concerned are Centinusd p Xighth Pag.